Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Age 8-10: Concept 4 - Exploration and Survival: Unit 3

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies Unit 3 Work, Tools, and Simple Machines.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Sickness
  • Lesson 2: Spring is Coming
  • Lesson 3: A Visit to an Owl
  • Lesson 4: Rats in the Rosebush
  • Lesson 5: Meeting the Rats
  • Lesson 6: A Plan for Mrs. Frisby
  • Lesson 7: The Capture
  • Lesson 8: Life at NIMH
  • Lesson 9: The Escape
  • Lesson 10: Amazing Rats
  • Lesson 11: The Plan
  • Lesson 12: Working in the Night
  • Lesson 13: A New Home
  • Final Project: The Next Chapter or Book Float (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze, compare, and contrast printed and visual information (e.g., graphs, charts, maps). (Language Arts)
  • Answer open-ended questions about text. (Language Arts)
  • Apply structural analysis to words (i.e., prefixes, suffixes, and syllables). (Language Arts)
  • Compose elaborate sentences in written texts and use appropriate end punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Compose sentences with interesting, elaborate subjects. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct research on assigned topics using books and technology. (Language Arts)
  • Consider a character's point of view. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate learning and ideas through productions and displays such as reports and murals. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the plot, conflict, sequence of events, and resolution of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss alternative solutions for a problem in a story. (Language Arts)
  • Draw and discuss visual images based on text descriptions. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions about characters and events. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions, make generalizations, and gather support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify abbreviations and acronyms. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and describe the setting of stories. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in characters. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and interpret elements of fiction and nonfiction. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use the correct spelling of homonyms. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use the correct spelling of homophones. (Language Arts)
  • Increase vocabulary through word study. (Language Arts)
  • Locate information in text for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about characters and events. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in creative interpretations of stories. (Language Arts)
  • Read from a variety of genres (print and electronic) for pleasure and to acquire information. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and apply story structure and text organization. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the differences among genres of literature. (Language Arts)
  • Reference the text to determine the plot and sequence of events in a story. (Language Arts)
  • Relate characters and their actions to personal experiences and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction by identifying areas for further research. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to stories and poems in ways that reflect understanding and interpretation. (Language Arts)
  • Share written and oral products in a variety of ways. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize main ideas from written or spoken texts using succinct language. (Language Arts)
  • Support interpretations or conclusions with examples drawn from text. (Language Arts)
  • Use a variety of strategies to organize ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct capitalization and punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct irregular plurals, such as "sheep." (Language Arts)
  • Use dictionaries to find the meanings of words. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to present information in a sequenced, logical manner. (Language Arts)
  • Use prior knowledge to anticipate meaning and make sense of texts. (Language Arts)
  • Use singular and plural forms of nouns and adjust verbs for agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Use text and personal experiences to verify facts, concepts, and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Write to communicate with a variety of audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Design a way to solve a mechanical problem. (Science)
  • Determine how people use simple machines to solve problems. (Science)
  • Determine how simple machines are used. (Science)
  • Observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem. (Science)
  • Compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment to meet their needs. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss, describe, and assess ways in which technology is used in homes and communities. (Social Studies)
  • Explore the role of selected fictional characters in creating new communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the impact of technological change on a community. (Social Studies)
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